Devin Townsend has confirmed that guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), bassist Kyle Konkiel (Bad Wolves), and drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth/ex-Soilwork) will be joining him for his performance aboard the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. That cruise will set sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7-11 and it will find Townsend playing a heavier set.
Devin Townsend has confirmed that he is planning to start the recording process for his next album in 2021. On top of that, Townsend is also working on a deluxe edition of his latest album “Empath“ and another set of “Eras” vinyl re-releases. He tweeted the following about all those:
Devin Townsend has announced a headlining North American tour. Haken and The Contortionist will open.
02/27 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/28 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
02/29 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
03/01 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
03/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
03/05 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
03/06 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
03/07 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
03/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
03/12 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
03/13 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
03/14 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/15 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
03/16 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03/19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/20 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/21 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
03/23 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
03/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
03/25 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Devin Townsend has revealed the backing band that will be joining him at his upcoming shows. They include: Ché Aimee Dorval (Casualties Of Cool) on vocals/guitar, Morgan Ågren (Kaipa) on drums, Mike Keneally (Dethklok) on guitar, Markus Reuter (Stick Men) on ambient guitars, Nathan Navarro on bass, and Diego Tejeida (Haken) on keyboards. Townsend will also be joined by a choir featuring Samantha Preis, Anne Preis, and Arabella Packford.
“There have been only a few times throughout my career that I can safely say I’ve taken a chance as big as I’m about to take with these new touring plans. But I believe that to not take a chance on something as important to me as this can only lead to creative stagnation.
It is with profound gratitude that I can announce this next tour. To be joined by musicians of this caliber, as well as crew and sound design of such a level, is something I am truly humbled by. As one who has been working professionally my whole career to be able to be allowed to pull something like this off, I really can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to everyone involved.
This is a quantum leap for me, and it’s a situation that I have been very proactive in choosing a group of individuals and setlist for.
I am thrilled and honoured to be joined on these next tours by drummer Morgan Ågren, guitarist Mike Keneally, Ambient guitarist Markus Reuter, keyboardist Diego Tejeida – d’Tej, singer and guitarist Ché Aimee Dorval, bassist Nathan Navarro, as well as a three person choir comprised of Samantha and Anne Preis, and Arabella Packford.
This will be without a net. No backing tracks, no clicks, a lot of room for improvisation, and every possible avenue through musicians and production of high caliber for new and interesting things to be possible each night.
Though this is the first of my upcoming plans for touring, and I don’t want to be limited in the future, my gut feeling is that this will be a truly unique and fascinatingly colourful organization that will yield wonderful things. I truly hope it can be received well enough to be brought to a lot of different territories.
In a wonderful turn of events, the tour is selling out quickly, so please don’t delay and miss the opportunity to see this unique band.
Thank you again for allowing me to do these sorts of things. Truly.
As previously reported, Townsend has a European tour booked with Haken.
Devin Townsend has premiered an animated video for his song “Why?.” This track is from his latest album “Empath.”
Devin Townsend has shared 15 minutes worth of “demo sketches” from the new material that he is currently working on. You can check those out below:
“Heres a bunch of shrapnel Im working on. No idea what any of it will be for yet, some are relatively complete demos, some are just a riff or melody…
I always write, this stuff has been on my mind over the past few months, but I’m not really ‘writing’ yet, per se. Thought you might enjoy hearing a bunch of brain vomit. some of it is ok I think.
I won’t really be ‘writing’ for some time yet, but this gives you an idea of how my process goes… I just jot down things as they come without judging them too much at this stage.
Lots more than this, but these are whas on my mind most atm I guess.”
It looks like Devin Townsend is going to start performing Strapping Young Lad songs live again in 2020. The frontman confirmed the news during a recent interview on the “Everblack” podcast.
Townsend said the following:
“I’m doing a tour in November that’s gonna be a very selfish tour for me — a ton of people onstage, playing a bunch of stuff that I’ve wanted to play for years, a lot of improv, a lot of really interesting things.
But starting next year, I’m gonna be touring everything, and that includes the Strapping stuff. I’m gonna be doing what equates to… like, what’s a ‘best of’ what I’ve done over the past few years. Let’s make this live venture for me the best it can possibly be and learn from your past and come back out.”
He also added:
“I think there’s a lot of musicians that fall away from metal. But I kind of fell back in love with it recently. But in no way does that mean that it’s taking over.
It’s a big part of what I do and it’s a big part of who I am, and I think I’ve denied that for a certain amount of time. But it’s everything, man. It’s like ‘Empath‘ was for me — the metal part of it is just as big a part of my trip as the mellow part of it. It’s not one over the other; it’s just who I am.
I don’t wanna get rid of [the metal side of my music.] I love it. It has to play ball with the other stuff, and that stuff has to play ball with the other stuff. It’s healthy for me to recognize that it’s a part of my nature as opposed to denying it.”